The Macon City Council’s conference room had fewer council members in it Tuesday than experts and department heads during a work session about proposed changes to the city’s health-care plan.
Only six of the city’s 15 council members — Larry Schlesinger, Tom Ellington, Virgil Watkins, Mike Cranford, Alveno Ross and Nancy White — attended the work session. Aside from Councilman Ed DeFore, who is scheduled to have back surgery, the absence of the other council members was unexpected, their colleagues said.
With his department heads’ help, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert proposed specific changes to the city’s health insurance, which he said would save taxpayers an estimated $2.29 million.
Representatives from Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, also were invited to discuss a wellness plan they provide.
Buddy Welch, the attorney hired to negotiate on the city’s behalf for a new service delivery agreement with Bibb County, briefly reported to council members, handing out the résumé for the mediator chosen to oversee the negotiations. Then Welch suggested a closed meeting to discuss potential litigation.
No schedule for the negotiations between the city and county has been set, and the topics to be negotiated have not yet been released.